McElreath Hall, Auditorium
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Lunch is on your own.
This will be a day of exploration of one of the South’s premier history learning centers. Nestled in Buckhead in Atlanta, GA, this center has a major library and archive, a history museum, house museum, Smith Family Farm (a 19th century north Georgia farm), and fabulous book and gift shop. Sue Verhoef, Senior Archivist at Kenan Research Center will talk about the resources included in the Kenan Research Center, including the Civil War research materials and artifacts in the Kenan's collections. Gordon L. Jones, the Senior Military Historian and Curator at the Atlanta History Center, will be providing the group with an overview of one of the Center’s signature exhibitions, Turning Point: The American Civil War, which he curated, as well as answering your questions on the move of the Atlanta Cyclorama and the locomotive Texas.
The scope of materials in the Kenan Research Center is much broader than Atlanta and Georgia, despite the name Atlanta History Center.
9:30 - 10:00 am registration/check in
10:00 Program begins
10:15 - 11:45 Sue VerHoef – Overview of the Kenan Research Center’s genealogy and Civil War resources
Lunch is on your own. 11:45 - 1:15
Then, there will be three guided tours after lunch time. People will need to register for one of these in advance since space is limited for each tour.
- Tour A - Turning Point: the American Civil War http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/explore/exhibitions/turning-point-the-american-civil-war and latest update on the Cyclorama (walk to the site) provided by Gordon L. Jones
- Tour B - Guided tour of The Swan House
Swan House, traditionally known as one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Atlanta, is an elegant, classically styled mansion built in 1928 for the Edward H. Inman family, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. The mansion, designed by famed Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Shutze, provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Atlanta family during the 1920s and 1930s. Explore the many rooms of this beautifully restored historic house and enjoy gardens, fountains and breathtaking views on the Swan House grounds.
- Tour C - Guided tour of the Smith Family Farm
The Smith Family Farm includes the Tullie Smith House, a plantation-plain house built in the 1840s by the Robert Smith family. Originally located east of Atlanta, outside the city limits, the house survived the destruction in and around Atlanta during the Civil War. The house and detached kitchen were moved to the Atlanta History Center in the early 1970s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and separate open-hearth kitchen are now surrounded by a dairy, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, double corncrib, slave cabin, chicken coop and barn, as well as traditional vegetable, herb, field, flower and slave gardens.
From 2:45 - 4:15 - there are concurrent activities and you can pick and choose
- Research in Kenan Research Center
- Self-guided exploration of the museum exhibitions and museum shop
- Self-guided exploration of the historic homes
4:15 - 4:30 back to McElreath Hall, for questions, announcements, wrap-up
About our Speaker
Sue VerHoef is Director of Oral History and Genealogy at the Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BA, International Relations) and the University of West Georgia (MA, History with Museum Studies Certificate). Sue manages the Atlanta History Center’s oral history initiatives, including the Veterans History Project, a collection in excess of 600 oral history interviews collected since 1999 in partnership with the Library of Congress. She has been researching her own family history for over thirty years and has presented genealogy workshops for many groups and institutions including the Georgia Genealogical Society, Emory University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Georgia Archives.
Sue will be providing the group with an overview of the resources available at the Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center with a focus on the significant Civil War and genealogical collections available there.
Gordon L. Jones is the Senior Military Historian and Curator at the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has worked since 1991. He is responsible for one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the nation and is presently working on the relocation and restoration of the Atlanta Cyclorama and the locomotive Texas. Gordon holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, specializing in the Civil War in popular culture as well as an M.A. in applied history and museum studies from the University of South Carolina.
Gordon will be providing the group with an overview of one of the Center’s signature exhibitions, Turning Point: The American Civil War, which he curated, as well as answering your questions on the move of the Atlanta Cyclorama and the locomotive Texas.
Registration & Cost
Cost: $35 Atlanta History Center and GGS members $45 Non-members $5.00 late registration fee
Postal mail registrations postmarked no later than Friday, February 10, 2017
PayPal registrations due by midnight on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Handouts are guaranteed to everyone who registers by the above deadlines.
When you register choose Tour A, Tour B, or Tour C. Each tour is limited to no more than 30 people so if your first choice is full, you will need to choose, one of the other tours.